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Precious Metals

Is Now the Time to Buy Gold and Silver?

Wondering if now's the time to buy gold and silver? Wonder no more. Let me explain.

As a collector of both precious metals, like many, I planned on loading up in the wake of recent price declines. But guess what? My usual dealers were out of gold and silver.

Thanks to the selloff, a buying frenzy for bullion has crashed websites, jammed phone lines and depleted inventory.

"Our website was overloaded for the first time ever Friday and Monday. Every phone line was lit up. We did seven times our normal volume," Jake Haugen, VP of sales for Texas-based  Provident Metals, told Money Morning.

You see, with gold on track to log its fourth weekly decline and silver headed for the worst week in about 19 months, bargain hunting abounded.

Declines in gold and silver prices began last Thursday and accelerated Monday when gold plunged $140.40, or 9.4%, to $1,360.90 an ounce, marking its biggest one-day decline in 30 years. Since its 2011 high of nearly $1,900 an ounce, gold has tumbled 28%.

Silver slumped $2.97, or 11.3%, Monday to $23.36 an ounce, well off its 1980 record high of $49.45.

As recently as last year, investors like me were paying more than $1,700 per ounce for gold and $35 per ounce for silver.

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U.S. Economy

Can Wall Street Continue to Rally Without the U.S. Economy?

We haven't stepped into the Twilight Zone, but it certainly seems that way when stocks are hitting historic highs yet the economy is still so weak that the Federal Reserve is printing money like a Third World nation.

It has the makings of a great prize fight between the largest market in the world and the largest economy in the world.

Can we keep this up? Is this titanic battle going to last like the decades-long Japanese recovery? Will stocks punch themselves out? Can slowing earnings keep stocks soaring?

Here's the blow by blow so far on what's causing what I call the Great Discrepancy. Let me know who you think is going to overtake the other.

Below, I tell you what I think is underway.

precious metals

Central Banks to Keep Investing in Gold – as Should You

Up until gold's recent plunge, there was a major story that had captured the attention of everyone investing in gold.

That story was the massive purchases over the past year or so of the precious metal by many of the world's central banks.

According to the World Gold Council, the world's central banks have been net purchasers of gold since the second quarter of 2009. Since the financial crisis central banks, particularly in emerging economies have sought to diversify away from the U.S. dollar to a safer long-term asset.

In 2012, central bank purchases hit a 48-year high. Central banks bought 534.6 metric tons of gold (about 15 million ounces) last year. This was 17% more than in 2011 and the most purchased since 1964. The biggest buyers were the BRIC countries of Russia and Brazil.

With the recent turmoil in the gold market, investors worried that these central banks would turn away from gold.

But according to Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, central bank buying will continue.

In fact, he believes that the amount of gold bought by central banks this year will easily double, led by central banks from the developing world.

The answer is a key factor on why to keep investing in gold in 2013.

This Gold Slam is a Massive Wealth Transfer from Our Pockets to the Banks

I am very disappointed by, but not surprised at, the latest transfer of weath to the bankers from everyone else. The most recent gold bear raid has vastly enriched the bullion bankers, once again, at the expense of everyone trying to protect their wealth from global central bank money printing.

The central plank of Bernanke's magic recovery plan has been to get everybody back borrowing, spending, and "investing" in stocks, bonds, and other financial assets. But not equally so – he has been instrumental in distorting the landscape towards risk assets and away from safe harbors.

Hot Stocks

How to Find the Best Dividend Stocks

It's only April, but it appears dividend payouts this year will soar past 2012's tally – meaning all investors need to know how to find the best dividend stocks or risk missing out on record-high yield.

Barron's reports that in Q1, 944 of approximately 10,000 U.S. companies boosted payouts, either by increases, extras or resumption. That was up a hefty 39.4% from 677 companies a year ago.

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Precious Metals

If You're Worried About Gold Prices, You Need to Read This

When stocks fall by 20% or more from their peak, it's labeled as a "bear market."

With gold prices down 26% from their record close back in August 2011, the "yellow metal" has entered a bear market of its own.

It took an especially ugly day on Monday to get us to that point.

Two days ago, gold prices plunged as much as 9.7% – the biggest decline since 1980 – and continued a sell-off that saw the yellow metal fall by 4.7% last week, including a 4.1% drop on Friday.

The metal has now fallen 26% from its Aug. 22, 2011 settlement record of $1,888.70.

To get some expert insights on this sell-off, I telephoned Peter Krauth, our resident natural resources expert and editor of our Real Asset Returns research service. Peter based himself in Canada to be closer to the miners and natural-resources companies he covers for his subscribers.

I asked Peter for insights on the following three questions:

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Healthcare

Obamacare's War on Full-Time Jobs Will Sucker Punch Economy

Obamacare's rules regarding hours worked and employer-sponsored healthcare coverage have entire industries looking at cutting down on their number of full-time employees in favor of more part-time employees.

Large industries affected include hotels, restaurants and retailers, as well as small businesses of all stripes.

In essence, the hefty financial burden imposed by Obamacare for having too many full-time employees is creating a huge incentive for many employers to cut workers' hours, or, in some cases, avoid hiring altogether.

Tens of millions of American workers are at risk of being denied employer-sponsored health insurance as a result, and will end up with less pay to boot.

It could be a disaster for the still-lagging U.S. economy.

"If you want to have reduced work, lower wages and economic stagnation, this is a great way to do it," Ed Haislmaier, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told FOX News.

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Precious Metals

What's Next for the Price of Gold?

Before investors even attempt to guess what's next for the price of gold, they first need to understand why gold prices have fallen so much.

While some have blamed Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) for manipulating gold markets, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald explains that the Goldman "puppet masters" are only partly responsible for gold's slide.

In fact, Keith says Goldman simply set the market up for this fall and that another catalyst actually caused gold's selloff…

Keith also has an answer for the question we're all asking:

What's next for the price of gold?

Precious Metals

Why Gold Really Crashed and What You Can Do About It

The news is great at telling us what's happening. But knowing what's happening is a lot different than understanding what happened – and that's what makes the difference between an average investor and truly great investors.

Gold's crash Monday is a perfect example. The media was falling all over itself as one pundit after the other came on TV to talk about how gold was falling and how far off its highs it was. Few tied the devastating slide to real economic events — let alone made the connection to actual trading.

But that's my bread and butter. Today I'm going to tell you what really happened and why – from a market insider's perspective. Then I'm going to tell you what to expect next and, most importantly, how you can use the situation to your advantage.

There are three fundamental things going on – all of which are at a very high level and all of which are completely transparent to most investors:

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